Atlanta avoided a four-game sweep at Philadelphia with a 6-4 victory on Thursday, powered by Chipper Jones’ two homers and career-high tying five RBIs.
“He’s been doing it ever since he’s been healthy,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “He and Andruw (Jones) have been dynamite.”
While Chipper Jones has battled through injuries that have forced him to miss more than 50 games this season, Andruw Jones has enjoyed a breakthrough year. He has a franchise-record 50 homers, the first major-league player to reach that mark since 2002, and 125 RBIs.
“I’d like to see some other guys chime in and get hot,” Chipper Jones said. “Andruw and I aren’t going to do drive in all the runs every night.”
Atlanta, six games ahead of the Phillies and Florida, hopes to continue its dominance of the Mets this season.
The Braves are 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA against the Mets this year, winning 10 of the last 12 meetings.
The Mets’ dysfunctional September continued as their sloppy defense contributed to a blown ninth-inning lead on Thursday in a 6-5 loss in 10 innings to Washington.
“We can’t feel pity for ourselves, cause the opponents don’t,” losing pitcher Roberto Hernandez said. “We’re trying to beat them and they’re trying to beat us.”